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Abies.

The fir tree

Emblema cci.

Apta fretis abies in montibus editur altis:
Est & in adversis maxima commoditas.[1]

The fir tree that is fit to sail the sea grows high up on the hills. Even in hard circumstances, there is great advantage to be found.

ABietis schema potest accommodari iis, qui quan-
quam in loco satis commodo versentur, tamen ad
ampliorem quaestum faciendum sese periculis obii-
cere non reformidant.

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Le sapin.

LE Sapin sur montagnes croit,
Et sur l’eau utilement passe:
Ainsi assez souvent on voit
Qu’à profit on change de place.

LA figure du sapin peust estre accommodee
à ceux qui combien qu’ils soyent assez
aisez où ils sont, toutesfois pour faire plus
grand gain, ne font difficulté de se mettre
au hazard.

Notes:

1.  This is because it grows strong by withstanding the gales and harsh weather. Contrast Anthologia Graeca, 9.30ff, 105, and the much-translated 376 for an opposing view of the fir tree: “how can the fir, storm-tossed while growing on land, resist the gales at sea?” 9.31 was translated by Alciato (Selecta epigrammata, p. 98).



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Le laurier.

XXXIII.

Le laurier dit le bien qui arrive aux humains,
Et mis sous le chevet rend les songes certains.[1]

Autre.

Qu’on donne du laurier à Charles la couronne,
Qui a vaincu l’Afrique: aux seuls preux on la donne.[2]

Commentaires.

Le laurier, symbole des devinements, est consacré
à Apollon, que les payens tenoyent pour Dieu des
predictions. La feuille de laurier mise au feu, si elle pe-
tille, presagit bonheur, & malheur si elle brusle sans
bruit. Les amoureux s’en servent en leurs complain-
tes. L’autre distique est faict en faveur de l’Empe-
reur Charles cinquieme, qui prit par force Thunis en
Afrique sur le Corsaire Barberousse.

Notes:

1.  The laurel was sacred to Apollo, god of prophecy. The priestess of Apollo at Delphi induced a prophetic trance by chewing laurel leaves. Prophecies were sometimes written on laurel leaves. If laurel leaves crackle when thrown into the flames, happiness is portended.

2.  Emperor Charles V took Tunis in North Africa in 1535.



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